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Wonderful 1635 map of Asia with cities and figures

Cartographer(s): Willem Blaeu
Date: 1635
Place: Amsterdam
Coloring: Hand color
Dimensions: 55.6 x 41 cm (22 x 16.25 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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Description

A wonderful example of Willem Blaeu’s famous map of Asia, a cornerstone map for any collection.

One of the most notable 17th century maps of the continent of Asia, with a splendid carte-à-figures border and rich ornamentation of animals, sea monsters, and sailing ships.

The eastern coastline of Asia is severely truncated, Korea is shown as an island, and Japan is depicted on the Ortelius-Teixeira model. The Indian subcontinent is quite narrow and the islands of Indonesia are very sketchy.

The frieze across the top features vignettes of the cities of Candy, Calecut, Goa, Damascus, Jerusalem, Hormuz, Banten, Aden and Macao. The side panels flanking the map depict costumed figures of the various peoples of Asia.

Cartographer(s)

Willem Blaeu

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) founded one of history’s greatest cartographic publishing firms in 1599. This map is indicative of the duplication by the firms of Blaeu and Hondius/Jansson. In this case, Blaeu has copied a Janssonius map of 1637.

Condition Description

Excellent. Margins expertly extended and backed with archival paper.

References

Van der Krogt 2, 8000:2; Schilder 6, 21:2.